Commemorating 30 Years of the ADA: The Importance of Reasonable Accommodation in Increasing Access and Opportunity



July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act—landmark civil rights legislation that works to increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities across community life, including employment. Central to the ADA’s employment provisions is the concept of reasonable accommodation, which is a modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to apply for or perform a job.

When requested, employers covered by the ADA are required to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship. In the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry, this may require coordination with clients as well as individual employees in order to ensure effective implementation. In this webinar, Anne Hirsh of the Job Accommodation Network and Jennifer Sheehy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy will be joined by Brittany Sakata of the American Staffing Association to discuss what constitutes a reasonable accommodation, and how staffing firms should approach requests for accommodation from their temporary and contract employees.

During this webinar, attendees will

  • The central role reasonable accommodations play in the ADA’s employment provisions
  • What constitutes a reasonable accommodation and related definitions under the ADA
  • Processes for requesting, providing, and evaluating reasonable accommodations in the staffing industry context


Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
Anne Hirsh, associate director, Job Accommodation Network
Brittany Sakata, associate general counsel, American Staffing Association

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